12 June 2005

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Michéal MacLiammóir's Diarmuid and Grainne, Maura Laverty's Tolka Row and three others
Michéal MacLiammóir's Diarmuid and Grainne, Maura Laverty's Tolka Row and three others
 Dublin Gate Theatre Productions 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 471

Published Estimate: €120-150

Price Realised: €520

  • A set of five play typescripts, each bound in wrappers and annotated throughout. One script (Denis Johnston’s The Old Lady Says No!) appears to have been Michéal MacLiammóirs own copy, with his signature on the front cover and sketches at front and back. All five belonged to Sheila O’Mahoney, former radio actress and columnist. The other titles are MacLiammóirs Where Stars Walk and W. B. Yeats’ adaptation of King Oedipus. (5)

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Collected Poems, signed by the author/artist and with an original sketch by him
Collected Poems, signed by the author/artist and with an original sketch by him
George Russell "Ä" (1867-1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 472

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €550

  • Macmillan and Co., London, 1926. Second edition, much expanded. SIGNED by Russell on title-page and with an ORIGINAL SIGNED SKETCH by him, depicting a coastal scene, in brown ink and crayon, also on title-page.

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George Russell "æÆ" (ed.), New Songs: A Lyric Selection Made by A. E. from Poems by Padraic Colum
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) and the Irish

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 473

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €600

  • O’Donoghue & Co., Dublin, 1904. JACK YEATS’ OWN COPY, inscribed by Æ on the front free-endpaper: “Jack B. Yeats / from the Editor / With Kind Regards / 31 Aug. 1904". The second edition of this lovely small anthology, which was selected from poems printed in The United Irishman and A Celtic Christmas, with a preface by Æ and a frontispiece by Jack Yeats. Octavo, in original papered boards with paper title-label on upper board.

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John M. Synge, The Aran Islands with Drawings by Jack B. Yeats
John M. Synge, The Aran Islands with Drawings by Jack B. Yeats
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 474

Published Estimate: €800-1,000

Price Realised: €950

  • Maunsel & Co., Dublin, and Elkin Mathews, London, 1906. First edition - the extremely rare 1906 imprint. With twelve black and white illustrations by Jack B. Yeats. This landmark collaboration was a result of a commission from The Manchester Guardian in 1905, whereby Yeats was to illustrate a series of articles by Synge on the living conditions of the poor in the so-called “Congested Districts” in Mayo and Galway. The two men toured the area by horse and cart. Yeats’ drawings, which were the basis for the illustrations in this book, are to be the subject of a centennial exhibition this summer at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo. Tall octavo; original blue cloth lettered in gilt at front and spine. With the engraved bookplate of Oliver Brett, Lord Esher, on the front pastedown. Also offered with this lot is John Mansfield’s John M. Synge: A Few Personal Recollections, With Biographical Notes, Garden City Press, Letchworth, 1916, bound in blue publisher’s boards with paper spine labels. (2)

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Padraic Colum, The Big Tree of Bunlahy: Stories of My Own Countryside, illustrated by Jack B.
Padraic Colum, The Big Tree of Bunlahy: Stories of My Own Countryside, illustrated by Jack B.
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 475

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €350

  • MacMillan, New York, 1933. First edition. With fifteen illustrations (including the frontispiece, printed in colour) by Jack Yeats. Octavo; in the original green cloth and scarcely seen dust-jacket. Rare.

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John M. Synge, In Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara
John M. Synge, In Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 476

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €450

  • Maunsell & Co., Dublin, 1911. First edition, with eight black and white illustrations by Jack Yeats, which were never again printed (subsequent editions of the book were issued unillustrated). Crown octavo; in original blue publisher’s cloth with gilt titles at spine and upper board.

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George A. Birmingham, Irishmen All
George A. Birmingham, Irishmen All
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 477

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €900

  • T. N. Foulis, London & Edinburgh, 1913. First edition. With twelve colour plates by Jack Yeats tipped in. Crown octavo; original gilt-lettered green cloth; top edge gilt. Pages uncut. Rare in this state.

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John Hamilton Reynolds, The Fancy, With a Prefatory Memoir and Notes by John Masefield and Th
John Hamilton Reynolds, The Fancy, With a Prefatory Memoir and Notes by John Masefield and Th
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 478

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: 

  • Elkin Mathews, London, [1905]. First edition, first issue. The Fancy was a play written by one of Yeats and Masefield’s heroes, the poet and close friend of Keats, John Hamilton Reynolds, who wrote under the pseudonym of Peter Corcoran (who in turn was an eighteenth century pugilist of moderate fame). Masefield supplied a 28 page introduction, after which follows a facsimile of the title page from the original 1820 edition of The Fancy opposite Yeats’ frontispiece portrait of Reynolds / Corcoran, then Masefield's 22 page preface, then twelve of Reynold’s plays and poems with Yeats’ line illustrations amongst the text, and finally a glossary of some of Reynolds’ more archaic expressions. Bound in red cloth with white titles stamped on spine and upper board - most copies from the first edition were issued in wrappers; hardbound copies are rarely seen.

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Thomas MacGreevy, Jack B. Yeats: An Appreciation and An Interpretation
Thomas MacGreevy, Jack B. Yeats: An Appreciation and An Interpretation
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 479

Published Estimate: €120-150

Price Realised: €260

  • Victor Waddington Publications, printed at the Sign of the Three Candles, Dublin, June 1945. First edition. Written at Jack Yeats’ own request, this was an important production in terms of raising Yeats’ reputation overseas. Whilst the idea for the book first arose in 1931, it failed to take root owing to the reluctance of London publishers to take on what seemed an expensive and risky venture. In 1942 Yeats had a joint show with William Nicholson and consequently became better known in Britain, but by then wartime economies precluded the publishing of art books, thus it did not appear until 1945 (for a full account see The Irish Arts Review, Spring 2005, pp. 96-9). Also with this lot, three scarce Yeats catalogues from an exhibition held at the Waddington Gallery in London in 1963, 1967 and 1973, each with numerous black and white illustrations and in original printed wrappers as issued. (4)

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The Wren Boys
The Wren Boys
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 480

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €320

  • Cuala Press, Dublin, [circa 1936]. Three pages of letterpress plus colophon and title-page, on which appears Yeats’ illustration, hand-coloured by the Cuala Press workers. According to Hilary Pyle the illustration dates to 1904, when it appeared in issue 10 of Greensheaf. It also appeared in the Dun Emer prospectus for May 1908. Octavo; in stiffened wrappers with yapp edges and title printed in black on upper board; pages uncut. A scarce item.

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A BROADSIDE, February 1911
A BROADSIDE, February 1911
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 481

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100

  • Medium: single sheet (folded) of letterpress with three black and wh
  • Dimensions: 28 by 19cm., 11 by 7.5in.
  • Cuala Press, Dublin, February 1911. Limited to 300 copies only. Single folded sheet of letterpress reproducing a nineteenth century ballad, The Jolly Rake of All Trades, accompanied by three black and white illustrations by Jack B. Yeats (two with hand-colouring by the staff of the Cuala Industries): one of a stout country man reading a ballad, another titled The Ladder of Rope, and a third, full-page image called The Jolly Mud.

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The Poems of W. B. Yeats, 2 volume boxed set
The Poems of W. B. Yeats, 2 volume boxed set
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 482

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €3200

  • Macmillan & Co., London, 1949. Limited edition of 375 copies; this one is no. 323. SIGNED BY W. B. YEATS opposite the half-title in volume I. Yeats had revised and corrected the proofs and signed the limitation leaves prior to his death, but publication was delayed due to the exigencies of war. This was the first definitive edition, chosen by the author himself. Each volume has a frontispiece portrait of Yeats (the first by Sargent, the second by Augustus John), protected by tissue guards. Both volumes are tall octavo; original green cloth over bevelled boards with gilt titles at spine and W. B. Yeats’ monogram stamped in gilt on upper boards. Fore edge rough-cut; top edge gilt. In the original brown slipcase, as issued. Listed in Wade, no.s 209 and 210. An extremely scarce collector’s item.

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In the Seven Woods: Being Poems Chiefly of the Irish Heroic Age
In the Seven Woods: Being Poems Chiefly of the Irish Heroic Age
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 483

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €400

  • Dun Emer Press, Dundrum, 1903. Limited to 325 copies. The first book ever published by the Dun Emer Press, which was the forerunner of the Cuala Press. Handset by W. B. Yeats’ sister Loly Yeats, with the famous colophon: “Here ends In the Seven Woods, written by William Butler Yeats, printed, upon paper made in Ireland, and published by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats at the Dun Emer Press, in the house of Evelyn Gleeson at Dundrum in the county of Dublin, Ireland, finished the sixteenth day of July, in the year of the big wind 1903". Yeats wrote of it ”This is the first book of mine that is a pleasure to look at ... a pleasure whether open or shut". Octavo; original beige cloth with red-lettered paper label on upper board and spine label laid in, as issued. With the original Dun Emer Press prospectus laid in. Listed in Wade as no. 49. Rare.

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Reveries Over Childhood and Youth
Reveries Over Childhood and Youth
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 484

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €600

  • MacMillan & Co. Ltd., London, 1916. First edition. The author’s sister LILY YEATS’ OWN COPY, with her bookplate (designed by her other talented brother, Jack Butler Yeats) on front paste-down. Beautifully bound in blue cloth decorated in gilt to an art deco design by Sturge Moore. Colour frontispiece tipped in illustrating Jack Yeats’ Memory Harbour. Also two photogravure illustrations, one of the author’s mother, after a drawing by John Butler Yeats, another a watercolour self portrait of John Butler Yeats. A wonderful family association copy of the poet’s memoirs.

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The Trembling of the Veil
The Trembling of the Veil
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 485

Published Estimate: €400-500

Price Realised: €550

  • T. Werner Laurie, London, 1922. First edition. No. 61 from a limited edition of 1,000, each SIGNED BY W. B. YEATS. Yeats’ autobiography (following on from Reveries Over Childhood, see lot 484). Tall octavo; original papered boards with spine label. Scarce.

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Plays for An Irish Theatre, With Designs by Gordon Craig
Plays for An Irish Theatre, With Designs by Gordon Craig
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 486

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: 

  • A. H. Bullen, London and Stratford-Upon-Avon, 1911. First edition thus. Publisher’s presentation copy to poet Percy Withers, dated Christmas 1911 and with Withers’ bookplate on the front pastedown. Tall octavo; quarter cloth over brown papered boards, with paper spine label. Also with this lot, Yeats’ The Hour-Glass, Cathleen Ni Houlihan, The Pot of Broth: Being Volume Two of Plays for An Irish Theatre, A. H. Bullen, London, 1904; first edition; green cloth at spine, pages uncut. Plus, Yeats’ A Vision, Macmillan & Co., London, 1937; first trade edition, of which 1,500 copies were printed; black cloth at spine with patterned boards and original dust-jacket. Also two further Yeats volumes: The Shadowy Waters , Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1901; second edition; in the original ribbed blue cloth over bevelled boards with gilt lettering at spine and Yeats’ personal motif of the rose on upper board; and The Land of Heart’s Desire , Thomas B. Mosher, Portland, Maine, 1906; sixth edition; papered boards and engraved bookplate of George Downing Hartley on front pastedown. (5)

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Ulysses
Ulysses
James Joyce (1882-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 487

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €800

  • Shakespeare and Company, Paris, December 1925. The seventh printing of the original Shakespeare and Co. edition. Octavo; in blue cloth-covered boards with leather spine label and the original blue paper wrappers retained within.

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Selected Poems of Algernon Charles Swinburne, With Illustrations and Decorations by Harry Cla
Selected Poems of Algernon Charles Swinburne, With Illustrations and Decorations by Harry Cla
Harry Clarke RHA (1889-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 488

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: 

  • John Lane, Bodley Head, London, 1928. First edition. With ten full-page plates by Harry Clarke (including one double-page); each a beautiful black and white photogravure reproduction of Clarke’s watercolours, with captioned tissue guards. Octavo; original purple cloth with gilt titles and decorations top edge gilt, and with the scarce illustrated dust-jacket.

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Nicola Gordon Bowe, The Life and Work of Harry Clarke
Nicola Gordon Bowe, The Life and Work of Harry Clarke
Harry Clarke RHA (1889-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 489

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €420

  • Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1989. Special edition of only FIFTY COPIES bound by Kenny’s of Galway in quarter morocco with raised bands and rich gilt tooling at spine with marbled boards and in matching slipcase. Out-of-series copy, not signed by author. A fine production.

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Nicola Gordon Bowe, Harry Clarke: His Graphic Art
Nicola Gordon Bowe, Harry Clarke: His Graphic Art
Harry Clarke RHA (1889-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 490

Published Estimate: €120-150

Price Realised: €100

  • Dolmen Press, Mountrath, 1983. Also with this lot, Roderic Knowles, Contemporary Irish Art: A Documentation, Wolfhound Press, Dublin, 1982, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by the author; and James White, National Gallery of Ireland , Thames and Hudson, London, 1968, likewise SIGNED AND INSCRIBED by the author. All three are first editions, quarto, in original boards and dust-jackets. (3)

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Irish Fairy Tales, illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Irish Fairy Tales, illustrated by Arthur Rackham
James Stephens (1882-1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 491

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €75

  • Macmillan & Co., New York, 1920. First American edition to have the Rackham illustrations. Contains sixteen full-page colour plates with tissue guards and twenty-one black and white drawings in the text. Crown octavo, in the original green publisher’s cloth with gilt titles at spine and stamped in gilt on upper board.

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An Onlooker in France
An Onlooker in France
Sir William Orpen RA RI HRHA (1878-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 492

Published Estimate: €100-120

Price Realised: 

  • Parkgate Books, Dublin, 1996. A finely produced reissue of Orpen’s 1921 memoir of his time spent in France as official war artist during WWI. This new edition was limited to 550 copies, of which this is no. 431. It contains an introduction by Orpen’s biographer and art critic Bruce Arnold, as well as reproductions of many of Orpen’s war paintings and sketches. Large octavo, in gilt-stamped cloth and dust-jacket.

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The Irish Scene
The Irish Scene
William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 493

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €190

  • Published by Derrick MacCord, Belfast, 1944. First edition. A series of twelve tipped in colour plates, each a reproduction of one of Conor’s paintings, accompanied by text by Richard Rowley and with a foreword by E. M. O’Rourke Dickey. Folio-sized, in cloth covered boards. Also with this lot, John Crampton Walker (ed.), Irish Life and Landscape, Talbot Press, Dublin and Cork, no date [circa late 1920s], printed wrappers. (2)

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Stella Frost (ed.), A Tribute to Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett
Stella Frost (ed.), A Tribute to Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett
 Modern women artists of Ireland 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 494

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Browne and Nolan, Dublin, 1957. First edition. Contains essays by Elizabeth Bowen, Thomas McGreevy, John Piper, C. P. Curran, Norah McGuinness and others, as well as reproductions of Hone and Jellett’s works. Scarce. Also with this lot, Liam Miller (ed.), Retrospect: The Work of Seamus O’Sullivan and Estella F. Solomons, Dolmen Editions, Dublin, 1973; a finely produced volume limited to 750 copies, with essays by A. J. Leventhal, Brian Fallon, Jack Coughlin, Liam Miller, Padraic Colum and Alan Denson, as well as excerpts from O’Sullivan’s writing and reproductions of Solomon’s paintings and etchings. Plus, two exhibition catalogues: Mainie Jellett 1897-1944, curated by Bruce Arnold for the Neptune Gallery, Dublin, 1974, and An Exhibition of Paintings by Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978), with an essay by Julian Campbell, Pyms Gallery, London, 1986. (4)

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The Caged and the Free
The Caged and the Free
Basil Ivan Rákóczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 495

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €1800

  • Privately printed by the “Friends of the White Stag”, Paris, 1955, at the expense of the author’s friends. A beautifully presented folio of poems and prose by Rákóczi, illustrated with two-tone lithographs admidst the text and with SEVEN COLOUR LITHOGRAPHS and FOUR PROOF LITHOGRAPHS, each SIGNED and inscribed, laid in at rear. The text appears in both English and French, translated by Bernard Citroen. LIMITED TO 100 COPIES, plus an extra five (lettered A to E) reserved for those who colloaborated in making this folio. This copy is lettered “E” (as are the seven prints and the four proofs) and was given to the translator Bernard Citroen. Folio; in papered boards with spine label, unstitched (as issued) and in a matching slipcase. An extremely rare publication, with only one copy recorded in a public collection (the V & A in London).

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The Caged and the Free
The Caged and the Free
Basil Ivan Rákóczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 496

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €1600

  • Provenance: Artist's estate; Private collection
  • Another copy; this one is un-numbered and un-signed. Also lacks boards and slip-case, but does contain the seven coloured lithographs (un-signed, un-inscribed), protected by tissue guards, at rear.

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Song Book of Idiot Boy
Song Book of Idiot Boy
Basil Ivan Rákóczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 497

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €480

  • A L’Enseigne du Cerf Blanc, Paris, 1953. LIMITED TO 300 COPIES, of which this is no. 89. SIGNED by Rákóczi on colophon. Printed in a sequence of folded pages, each with a poem to the right and a linocut illustration to the left. Twelve poems and illustrations plus title-page, frontispiece and colophon, loose in a printed portfolio as issued. Rare, not listed in Snoddy.

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The Painted Caravan: A Penetration into the Secrets of the Tarot Cards
The Painted Caravan: A Penetration into the Secrets of the Tarot Cards
Basil Ivan Rákóczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 498

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: 

  • L. J. C. Boucher, The Hague, 1954. First edition. Profusely illustrated in colour and monochrome by the author. A study of gypsy lore and arcana, largely as related to the author by his Hungarian mother. Quarto, green cloth covered boards in dust-jacket.

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12 Woodcuts
12 Woodcuts
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 499

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €1600

  • Printed at the Sign of the Three Candles, Dublin, 1944. Limited edition book of 300 copies, of which this is no. 118. SIGNED by Kernoff on the title-page. Quarto, halfbound cloth over printed boards. Rare.

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Patric Dickinson (ed.), Soldiers' Verse, illustrated by William Scott
Patric Dickinson (ed.), Soldiers' Verse, illustrated by William Scott
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 500

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1000

  • Frederick Muller Ltd, London, 1945. First edition. Scott was commissioned to do twelve lithographs for the volume. These were specially printed in colour then bound in with the leaves of text, which were printed separately. Octavo; pictorial cloth covers, printed to war-time economy standards. An interesting example of William Scott’s youthful modernism and an extremely difficult item to find.

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Eight Reproductions by two Irish Artists
Eight Reproductions by two Irish Artists
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979) and Arthur Arm

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 501

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €250


James White, George Campbell, RHA
James White, George Campbell, RHA
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979) and others

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 502

Published Estimate: €120-150

Price Realised: €110

  • Three Candles Press, Dublin, [1966]. Illustrated wrappers, 31pp, a scarce booklet. Also with this lot, Liam C. Martin’s Dublin Sketch Book, Dolmen Press, Dublin, 1962, folio-sized in wrappers; Brendan O’Dowda’s The World of Percy French, Blackstaff Press, Belfast, 1981, wrappers; John Fitzmaurice Mills, The Noble Dwellings of Ireland, Thames and Hudson, London, 1987, green cloth in dust-jacket; Peter Harbison, Homan Potterton and Jeanne Sheehy, Irish Art and Architecture, Thames and Hudson, London, 1978, green cloth in dust-jacket; and A Sense of Ireland, Dublin and London, 1980, illustrated wrappers. (6)

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Vanishing Dublin
Vanishing Dublin
Flora H. Mitchell (1890-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 503

Published Estimate: €400-500

Price Realised: €420

  • Allen Figgis & Co., Dublin, 1966. First edition, from an approximate print-run of 600. With fifty full-page colour plates and an introduction by the Earl of Wicklow. Quarto; in the original green cloth-covered boards and dust-jacket. A much sought after collector’s volume.

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James Joyce, Dubliners
James Joyce, Dubliners
Robert Ballagh (b.1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 504

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €500

  • Limited Editions Club, New York, 1986. With an introduction by Thomas Flanagan and six black and white photogravure plates by Robert Ballagh (opposite the title page and pp. 22, 74, 148, 228 and 290), featuring Ballagh’s brooding photographs of Dublin scenes. No. 950 in an edition of 1,000, SIGNED on colophon by Flanagan and Ballagh. Printed at the Wild Carrot Letterpress and Heritage Printers on handmade watermarked paper. Quarto; bound in quarter green morocco over beige linen, in matching slipcase.

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James Joyce, Dubliners
James Joyce, Dubliners
Robert Ballagh (b.1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 505

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €500


Dublin, with an introduction by Ciaran Carty
Dublin, with an introduction by Ciaran Carty
Robert Ballagh (b.1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 506

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 

  • Ward River Press, Dublin, 1981. SIGNED and INSCRIBED by Ballagh on title-page. Photographs of Dublin by one of Ireland’s most renowned painters, with commentary by the artist. Also with this lot is Ciaran Carty’s biography, Robert Ballagh, Magill, Dublin, 1986, SIGNED by BALLAGH in gold ink on title-page. Both books first editions and hard-bound with original dust-jackets. (2)

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Company / Gesellschaft / Compagnie: Eine Fabel
Company / Gesellschaft / Compagnie: Eine Fabel
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 507

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €650

  • Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin, 1981. First German edition, SIGNED BY BECKETT on title-page. Printed in three languages: English with the German translation by Elmar Tophoven on facing pages, and Beckett’s own French translation at rear. Octavo; cloth covered boards in dust-jacket. A rare item for Beckett collectors.

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Autograph letter signed (Samuel Beckett) to Michael J. O'Connor
Autograph letter signed (Samuel Beckett) to Michael J. O'Connor
Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 508

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €550

  • From Paris, 7 May 1986, on Beckett’s personalised notecard (8 by 12.8cm), with autograph envelope adressed to Mr Michael J. O’Connor, The Old Schoolhouse, Walterstown, Navan, Co. Meath, IRLANDE. Written apparently in response to O’Connor’s request for information on the artist Roderic O’Connor, which Beckett promised to pass on to his friend, the British expatriot artist Stanley William Hayter.

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Samuel Beckett, Stirrings Still
Samuel Beckett, Stirrings Still
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 509

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2500

  • Blue Moon Books, New York, in association with John Calder, London, [1988]. A beautiful livre d’artiste produced in a limited edition of 200 numbered copies, SIGNED by BECKETT and LE BROCQUY. This copy is no. 32. Illustrated by le Brocquy with an original lithograph portrait frontispiece of Beckett, and with eight original lithographic drawings in black ink, printed by Pierre Chave at his atelier in Vence, France, on deckle edged Velin de Rives paper. Folio; quarter bound in parchment over linen stamped with one of le Brocquy’s motifs in eighteen carat gold; matching slipcase. A lovely production - this was Beckett’s last published work.

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The Playboy of the Western World
The Playboy of the Western World
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 510

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €520

  • Printed at the Dolmen Press for the Imprint Society, Barre, Massachusettes, 1970. With six colour illustrations by Louis le Brocquy. SIGNED by LOUIS LE BROCQUY and by the editor Stanley Sultan. Number 13 in a limited edition of 1950 copies. Bound in yellow, gilt-stamped cloth, in matching slipcase with the rare wraparound band which is usually missing or torn.

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Thomas Kinsella, Der Rinderraub: Altirisches Epos, German translation of The Táin
Thomas Kinsella, Der Rinderraub: Altirisches Epos, German translation of The Táin
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 511

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €300

  • Rütten & Loening, Berlin, in association with the Dolmen Press, 1976. Apart from the original limited edition, now almost unobtainable, this is the only printing to reproduce the full suite of 130 brush drawings by le Brocquy, full size and on good paper. The library edition of 1985 (see next lot) also includes most of the suite, but reduced in size. Tall octavo; original decorated cloth and dust-jacket.

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Thomas Kinsella, The Táin, translated from the Irish Táin Bó Cuailnge, with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy
Thomas Kinsella, The Táin, translated from the Irish Táin Bó Cuailnge, with brush drawings by Louis le Brocquy
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 512

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €360

  • Dolmen Press, Dublin, 1985. Library edition, “photographically reduced by 11% from the original limited edition” of 1969. Tall octavo; on original decorated cloth and dust-jacket.

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The Irish Landscape
The Irish Landscape
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 513

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €440

  • Gandon Editions, Dublin, 1992. Number 82 from an edition of 250 copies, SIGNED and numbered by the artist. Specially bound in quarter morocco and dark grey cloth stamped in silver. Matching slipcase. Profusely illustrated in colour and with an interview with the artist by George Morgan about his watercolour landscapes. A handsome collector’s piece.

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Sybil le Brocquy, Cadenus & Swift's Most Valuable Friend
Sybil le Brocquy, Cadenus & Swift's Most Valuable Friend
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (B.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 514

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: 

  • Lilliput Press, Dublin, 2003. Facsimile copy of the two texts originally published by the Dolmen Press, reissued as one volume with frontispiece portrait of Swift and with dustjacket illustrations of Celbridge, both by the author’s son, Louis le Brocquy. This copy is one of 200 which have been SIGNED by Louis le Brocquy on the title-page.

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Anne Madden le Brocquy,Louis le Brocquy: A Painter Seeing His Way
Anne Madden le Brocquy,Louis le Brocquy: A Painter Seeing His Way
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 515

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: 

  • Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 1994. SIGNED by the author, Anne Madden, le Brocquy’s wife and a renowned artist in her own right. First edition. Octavo; in original decorated cloth and dust-jacket.

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Eamonn Mallie (ed.), Blackshaw - limited edition book
Eamonn Mallie (ed.), Blackshaw - limited edition book
Basil Blackshaw RHA RUA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 516

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €460

  • Privately published, printed by Nicholson and Bass, Belfast, 2003. Limited to 1,000 copies including 100 hors commerce copies. SIGNED by BLACKSHAW and MALLIE on title-page. With essays by Brian Fallon and Dr Jamshid Mirfenderesky; illustrated with over 200 full-page colour reproductions, many of paintings in private collections and rarely seen. Square quarto in black cloth stamped blind, dust-jacket and matching slipcase. A handsome production, essential for any Irish art reference library.

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Seamus Heaney, From the Republic of Conscience, illustrated by John Behan RHA
Seamus Heaney, From the Republic of Conscience, illustrated by John Behan RHA
 Poetry and small presses 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 517

Published Estimate: €180-220

Price Realised: €200

  • Published by Peter Fallon and the Gallery Press for Amnesty International, 1985. Limited edition of 2,000 copies. This copy has been specially hand-bound in quarter calf over marbled boards with gilt titling at spine; original printed wrappers retained within. Also with this lot, Patrick Pye Apples & Angels: Pages from an artist’s notebook with twenty-one etchings, Veritas Publications, Dublin, 1980; limited edition of 750, of which this is no. 452, SIGNED and numbered on rear endpaper and SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED (11 September 1983) by the artist-author on the front free-endpaper; quarto, in original decorated cloth and dust-jacket. Lastly, Michael Kane’s Realms: A Sequence of Poetical Texts and Etchings, Gallery Books, Dublin, 1974; limited edition of 750 copies; this copy SIGNED and INSCRIBED by the author. Octavo; original printed wrappers. (3)

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John M. Synge, Some Sonnets from Laura in Death, after the Italian of Francesco Petrach, illus
John M. Synge, Some Sonnets from Laura in Death, after the Italian of Francesco Petrach, illus
 Dolmen Press Limited editions 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 518

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €300

  • Dolmen Editions, Dublin, April 1971. Special edition, limited to 75 copies, signed by the editor Robert Skelton, bound in full velum with gilt titles at spine, and two original drypoint etchings - portraits of Synge and Petrarch - by Jack Coughlin, each signed by the artist, inserted into a special wallet at rear. A further 700 copies, unsigned and without the etchings and special vellum binding, were also printed. This book won the Institute for Creative Advertising and Design Award for Book Design in 1971. Also with this lot, Austin Clarke’s Mnemosyne Lay in Dust, illustrated and SIGNED by Jack Coughlin, Dolmen Editions, 1966; limited to 1,000 copies, in original boards and dust-jacket. Plus, Kathleen Raine’s The Lost Country, Dolmen Press, 1971; limited to 100 copies SIGNED by the author (this is copy no. 44) and specially bound in quarter calf over marbled boards. Raine was the only female member of the Cambridge Poets in the 1930s and a renowned Yeatsian scholar. (3)

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Irish Arts Review, Vol.s 1-18, 1984 - 2002
Irish Arts Review, Vol.s 1-18, 1984 - 2002
 Irish art and artists 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 519

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: €1700

  • A complete set of the first two series, consisting of sixteen quarterly issues and fourteen annual volumes (after Vol. 18 the journal changed hands and reverted to a quarterly format). Edited variously by Brian de Breffny, Alistair Smith and Homan Potterton. A superbly illustrated periodical with scholarly articles on such artists as Ashford, Ballagh, Barrett, Collins, Cooke, Felim Egan, Elvery, Jack Hanlon, Paul and Grace Henry, Hone, Jellett, Lavery, Lawless, le Brocquy, Leech, Maclise, Markiewicz, Morphy, O’Conor, Aloysuis O’Kelly, O’Malley, Albert Power, Thomas Roberts, Patrick Tuohy, the Yeats family and many more. Indispensible to anyone interested in Irish art of any period. Now out of print and very difficult to obtain.

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Introspect: An Annual Review of the Visual Arts, edited by Patrick Pye
Introspect: An Annual Review of the Visual Arts, edited by Patrick Pye
Patrick Pye RHA (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 12 June 2005 / 520

Published Estimate: €100-120

Price Realised: €220

  • First two issues, published December 1975 and 1976. Issue one has a Louis le Brocquy illustration on the front cover and contains articles by Oisin Kelly, Michael Longley, T. P. Flanagan, Hilary Pyle, Louis le Brocquy and others. Issue two includes tributes to the sculptor Gerda Frömel from both Michael Warren and Michael Scott, Patrick Hickey on art forgery, Robert Ballagh on education, and other articles by Raymond McGrath, Donal O’Sullivan and Alicia Boyle among others. A fine quality and scarce publication. (2)

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